This is an outtake from a fitness magazine shoot I just wrapped up with women’s fitness model, Noora Kuusivuori. I will post more images from this shoot after it has been published, but this one was so much fun that I had to share it.
Please visit my fitness photographer gallery on my website to see more of my work or book a shoot.
Outtake from a shoot with Noora Kuusivuori, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved
This shoot was fun, and a good illustration of how despite any amount of planning you also have to be able to handle last minute problems, and see opportunities that may not have been on the story board for the shot.
Brian Gannsman is the author of a book called Defeat Wheat. As a person who has a condition called Celiac disease and can’t eat wheat, he has taken on the identity of the Gluten Gladiator and I have photographed him in that role a few times before. For this shoot, the purpose was an advertisement for S & F Foods, who makes a gluten free product line called Delights, gluten free stuffed sandwiches.
We discussed the concepts and decided it would work best in an old kitchen. The older the better. We had one lined up that came close to what we wanted, and the day before the shoot we lost it. The shoot couldn’t be postponed as the ad had to run in May for Celiac Awareness Month, but within hours we found this delightful 1920’s farmhouse kitchen that had been fully restored to its original magnificence.
The shot list called for photos of just Brian, with and without the food. But I kept looking over at Michelle, our stylist, and how cool it would be if we tweeked it just a bit. I pulled Michelle into some of the shots and now we have the good natured wife putting up with her husband’s antics as he enjoys the routine of eating his Gluten Free Delights.
The Gluten Gladiator – copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved
Food photography seems to be the area of demand currently in Denver. I have received more than a few requests to shoot food in the last few months. While it “looks” easy, food is one of the more difficult subjects to shoot. Great care must be taken with the lighting, styling and set to end up with food that looks both realistic and appetizing. Not to mention the very short time span you have in which to get the shot before the food begins to look lifeless. I generally solve this problem (as do most professional food photographers) by creating the set and using “stand ins” for the food. When everything is perfect in the eyes of the client and art director, the real food is brought on. Since the real food reflects light differently and is shaped slightly differently than the stand ins, more tweeking is usually needed, but the set up is close enough that it can be accomplished rapidly while the food is still fresh.
Here are a couple recent shots. To see more of my food photography, click: Denver Food Photographer.
Denver Colorado Food Photography - copyright Mark Stout Photography